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Tony Hill is having a few problems. A rapist convicted years ago as a result of Tony's first forensic psychological profile is released on appeal and Tony is discredited. Carol won't return his calls offering to help police investigations when a body is found buried in a barrel in a field. And his therapist thinks he is resisting treatment because he clings to the dark side of his psyche. Things get worse when Tony realises that Carol has actually gone - left the Bradfield force for South Africa and not even told him, and that her successor Alex may be young and friendly and female but she doesn't want Tony anywhere near her work. Alex assumes the body in the field is the dead wife of convicted matricidal farmer Darren, but then another body is found. A catalogue of girls going missing under similar circumstances emerges and Alex begins to realise Tony's serial killer theory is right after all. A battle ensues as Alex tries to shake Tony off but Tony doggedly pursues the case. He realises that the missing young women are being lured via a sado-masochistic internet site. Their own fantasies - the by-products of mundane lives - are being preyed on by a killer who uses them until boredom sets in and then discards them for the next victim. To catch the perpetrator Tony must tap in to his own dark fantasies and Alex must discard her prejudices to help him unlock a macabre final twist as they race to save the latest kidnapped girl.
Police are baffled when a prostitute's murder matches in every detail a series of killings for which Derek Tyler has already been caught and jailed. Tony knows it can't be a copycat because in sexual homicides every killer has their own unique signature, but if this isn't someone imitating Derek's atrocities then how are the killings happening at all? While Alex and her team struggle for a lead on the streets, Tony thinks Tyler holds the key. But there's a problem: Tyler has remained utterly mute since the day he was arrested and to crack him Tony must to use every ounce of his psychological skill and imagination. Tensions develop with the police operation as vice-squad DI Jan disagrees with Alex's running of the case. And things go disastrously wrong when Paula becomes bait for the killer and is kidnapped without a trace. All the experts have diagnosed Tyler as a schizophrenic who heard imaginary voices telling him to kill. But Tony realises that Tyler's "voice" was a real one. He is the victim of brainwashing - and whoever controlled him is now controlling another killer and has Paula within their power. When it becomes clear that whoever is doing this has access to information about the police investigation, for Tony the spotlight falls on one person... someone with a knack for psychological persuasion, a past containing the key to their motivations, and now uncomfortably close to Alex's police team throughout their search for Paula.
Saving student Kurt from leaping to his death makes Tony ponder why someone might want to take their own life. He'd like to help Kurt to feel better, but Kurt doesn't stick around in therapy long enough to debate the issue. He disappears to hook up with a new group of "friends" and Tony is left feeling inadequate. Meanwhile a businessman and his accountant die in a horrible fire - apparently both victims of arson. Were they murdered by jealous partners? There seems no reason for the deaths. But these are not the last pair of corpses found in Bradfield and Alex turns to Tony for help. The complex tableaux at the scenes of death lead Tony to deduce that these corpses are neither both murder victims nor both willing suicides. The truth is more bizarre and more complicated. Masonic symbolism leads the investigation to a local lodge but to no avail, and then the penny drops for Tony: the ways in which each of the pairs of victims has died bears uncanny resemblance to the deaths of Christian saints. This is a suicide cult. Someone is breeding murderous martyrs and the deaths will continue until Tony and Alex find the source. A local vicar with links to many of the perpetrators looks the most likely candidate... but when he kills himself in a simple suicide Tony realises he is merely an ordinary cult member trying to throw them off the trail. He builds Alex a profile of the true leader, piecing together the ways in which the perpetrators were gathered, hoping this will enable them to arrest their man.
Tony's first case with the police comes back to haunt him when Jason Eglee, convicted of murder on Tony's evidence, comes up for parole. Jason appears to be a reformed character after years of therapy in prison, but Tony's not convinced and manages to sway the board to his view until Eglee's distraught mother attacks him before collapsing and dying. For the press and public Tony has blood on his hands and Eglee is released as a compassionate gesture. When a girl is murdered in the same circumstances as Eglee's former victim, Tony is in no doubt that Eglee is starting a new spree. But Eglee has a cast iron alibi and when he is persuaded to give a blood sample for matching to the original crime for which he was imprisoned he is found to be innocent: the crime DNA isn't the same. Tony's confidence begins to crumble and, as the press hound him for an expose, Alex decides she can no longer permit him to work for the police. However, not everyone has lost faith in Tony and his acuity hasn't deserted him. As the murderer gears up to take another victim, Tony suddenly realises who they are and why.